Symposium Videos

David Johnson, New Mexico State University,
on Regenerating the Diversity of Life in Soils:
Hope for Farming, Ranching, Environment, Nutritional Foods and Climate
with an Introduction by Rebecca Burgess

Land-based Partnerships that Elevate
A panel with Adam Boisvert, Urban Tilth; Miguel Garcia, Napa RCD;
Rex Dufour, Western Regional Office Director, NCAT; Nathaniel Gonzales-Siemens,
Organic Cotton Farmer; and Kelsey Brewer, Gaudin Lab, UC Davis

Irene Angel Vasquez, Tribal Secretary of the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation,
on Tending and Gathering: Creating the Conditions for
Structural Changes to Support Ecosystem Function and Artistry

(Please scroll down below the videos for information
on how to support the tribe’s request for federal recognition.)

Partnerships that Elevate Land-based Aesthetics
A panel with Leslie Adkins, Heart Felt Fiber Farm; Sarah Danu, Danu Organics;
Sally Fox, Vreseis/Fox Fibre® Colorganic®; Judy Pettite, BioHue;
Gayle Ravenscroft, Pacific Knitting Retreats; and Molly Taylor, PT Ranch

Moderated by Stephany Wilkes

Hands-on Demonstrations and Marketplace

Community Updates

Dominique Drakeford on
The Root of Exploitation in American Land Use

Partnering for Decentralized Systems that
Take Full Responsibility for our Natural Fiber Dye Future

A panel with Sarah Gilbert, Mendocino Wool & Fiber;
Hiroko Kurihara, InnoFabrix; and Marcail McWilliams, Valley Oak Wool Mill

Federal Recognition for the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation

As Irene Angel Vasquez of Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation discussed in her presentation, the tribe will need federal recognition to be able to tend, steward and care for their ancestral land and to be able to harvest their basketry and regalia materials. Information about the tribe’s request is here:

To send a letter in support of the tribe’s request for federal recognition:

1) Click here to review the sample materials including bullet points and sample letter
2) Draft your letter then print two copies
3) The letters need to be mailed to:

Department of the Interior
Office of the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs
Attention: Office of Federal Acknowledgement
1849 C Street, NW, MS-4071 MIB
Washington, D.C. 20240

Mail a copy to:
Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation
PO Box 186
Mariposa, CA 95338

4) If commenters want further information, they should contact R. Lee Fleming, Director, Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA), at (202) 513– 7650.

About the 2019 Symposium

2019 Fibershed Symposium, by Nina and Sonya Montenegro of The Far WoodsThe 8th annual Fibershed Symposium explored the role of partnership in elevating and activating right relationship with bioregional material culture.

From soil to skin, partnerships elevate our experience with fiber and dye systems, our opportunity to implement meaningful and vital work, our hope and resilience in a changing climate, and our potential to find common ground. At present, there are many points of disconnection between humans, plants, and animals, and from this separation stems confusion, ignorance, and even division in our human communities. Through partnering with one another we engage, we participate, we carry responsibility, and we are nurtured.

We heard from scientists, community leaders, landscape managers, and artists: together we will come to understand how partnerships support whole ecosystem health and connections between communities. We heard elements and insights of effective partnerships, and listened to cultural context of critical truths and imbalances that must be restored to cultivate pathways to collaboration.

Partnerships span from rich and diverse microbial communities under our feet, to the carbon-sequestering grazing and planting practices made possible through human collaboration, research, and guidance, to creative fiber and dye projects that provide a sense of place through land-based education.

In this year’s Symposium, we looked into how we support one another in generating a vision, a practice, and in turn, an in-perpetuity culture invested in managing whole systems with heart, wisdom, and intellect. We conversed and asked questions about modern ideas of sustainability and deconstruct popular narratives whose time has come to be re-evaluated and elevated.

We recognize this event took place on the traditional territory of the Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok peoples.

Original illustration by Nina and Sonya Montenegro of The Far Woods
Now available as a fine art giclee print: click here to order a print of the “Partnerships” illustration created by The Far Woods, and $5 from each sale will be donated to Fibershed’s Carbon Farm Fund to directly support agricultural practices that harmonize our climate imbalance and restore fiber and dye producing landscapes for biodiverse, ecological resilience.

Symposium Marketplace

Free & Open to the Public All Day!

Fibershed marketplace goodsThank you for joining us in lofting a regional fiber economy: meeting farmers, ranchers and designers from within our 150-mile region who offered place-based goods and raw materials for textile creation in the Symposium Marketplace. Products included yarn, roving, clothes, soaps, bedding, sheepskins, home goods, and more, all made with 100% locally grown fiber and natural dyes.

The Symposium Marketplace was spread across the Dance Palace’s Main Hall and Church Hall: the Church Hall was free to access and open all day, and the Main Hall hosted the presentations and was open to the public during the mid-day break from 12:30-2:30 pm.



Inside the main hall: 5 Creek Farm, Blue Barn Farm, Bo-Rage Yarns and Design, Bodega Pastures, Lani’s Lana, Meridian Jacobs, Vreseis Limited, Warner Mountain Weavers

Inside the church: 2NFrom, Alpaca Shire & Double Diamond Alpacas, Barinaga Ranch, Black Rock Ranch & Blue Oak Canyon Ranch, Ewe & Me 2 Ranch, Fiber Confections, Heart Felt Fiber Farm, Menagerie Hill Ranch, Red Creek Farm, Sheep to Shop, Tree House Felt, Wild Oat Hollow

Outdoor vendors: Chico Flax, Danu Organics, Full Belly Farm, Harvest & Mill, Love Spun Homespun, Mendocino Wool and Fiber, Starbuck Station Wools & Wild Rose Farm

Please visit the Fibershed Producer Directory to find more information on the marketplace vendors.


Community Partners located in the Lobby: Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Fibershed Knitalong, Point Reyes Books, Santa Rosa Junior College

Hands-on Demonstrations

Free & Open to the Public from 12:30-2:30 pm

Experience elements of the soil-to-skin process including sheep shearing, wool grading, heritage sheep, angora rabbits, felting, flax production, natural dyeing, spinning, weaving, mending, and primitive skills. The demonstrations take place outside on the Dance Palace front and back lawn, weather permitting.

North Lawn: Visible Mending / Ashley Eva Brock, Angora Rabbit Shearing / Erin Maclean, Color Transmutation with our Plant Relatives / Grace Sullivan, Climate Beneficial™ Tapestry Weaving / Keyaira Terry, Plant Fiber Display, Stringmaking & Netmaking / Tamara Wilder, Felting / Tim Easterbrook

South Lawn: Knitting Circle with Local Yarn Tasting / Gayle Ravenscroft, Shearing / Matthew Gilbert, Wool Classing / Stephany Wilkes

In the Main Hall (requires a ticket, except during 12:30-2:30 break): Local and Native Bast Fiber Exhibit / Nick Wenner

Fibershed Book Signing with Rebecca Burgess

Fibershed book by Rebecca Burgess

The new book, Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy, was made available at the Symposium.

More information about the book on our website.

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